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Sonia's daughters [electronic resource] : prostitutes and their regulation in imperial Russia /
Laurie Bernstein.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
description
xiii, 344 p., [7] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520089162 (acid-free paper)
format(s)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995.
isbn
0520089162 (acid-free paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8068237
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-331) and index.
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Excerpts
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"This excellent treatment of Russian prostitution during the late tsarist era . . . expands our growing knowledge of the dark side of Russian society."--David Ransel, author ofMothers of Misery: Child Abandonment in Russia "This book will contribute significantly to our understanding of late Imperial Russian history. Not only does it constitute the first comprehensive treatment of the phenomenon of prostitution in the Russian empire during this period, but it uses this phenomenon to illuminate a number of important issues that have concerned scholars over the past several years."--William G. Wagner, author ofMarriage, Property, and Law in Late Imperial Russia
Flap Copy
"This excellent treatment of Russian prostitution during the late tsarist era . . . expands our growing knowledge of the dark side of Russian society."--David Ransel, author of Mothers of Misery: Child Abandonment in Russia "This book will contribute significantly to our understanding of late Imperial Russian history. Not only does it constitute the first comprehensive treatment of the phenomenon of prostitution in the Russian empire during this period, but it uses this phenomenon to illuminate a number of important issues that have concerned scholars over the past several years."--William G. Wagner, author of Marriage, Property, and Law in Late Imperial Russia
Summaries
Long Description
Prostitution in Imperial Russia was so tenacious that it survived not only the tsarist regime's most tumultuous years but the Bolshevik revolution itself. Laurie Bernstein's comprehensive study is the first to look at how the state and society responded to the issue of prostitution--the attitudes of prostitutes themselves, state regulation, societal reactions, and attempts at reform. She finds that prostitution and its regulation were integral to Russia's structures of gender, class, and politics. The first historian from outside the former Soviet Union to be granted access to these archival materials on prostitution, Bernstein takes the reader to the streets of Russia's cities, to the state-licensed brothels, medical clinics, hospital wards, halfway houses for "fallen women," and to the highest circles of the tsarist administration.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The State and the Yellow Ticketp. 13
Living with Regulationp. 41
Supply and Demandp. 85
Explaining Prostitutionp. 120
"Public Women" in Public Housesp. 144
Saving Fallen Womenp. 189
Reforming an Unreformable Systemp. 233
Society and the Yellow Ticketp. 266
Epiloguep. 296
Conclusionp. 302
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 333
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